Economic Development

New Gas Power Plants Fuel $21B in Investment

By Jackie Stewart, Energy In Depth
CANFIELD, Ohio — Independent power producers representing new natural gas plants in the works or recently constructed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently that states the projects will total $21 billion in private sector investment and create 21,000 jobs, according to a report Monday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Energy In Depth, an industry advocacy group, has been tracking 11 natural gas power plant projects in Ohio — including one under in construction in Lordstown and a second plant there under development. But there are at least 12 other major projects in various stages of development in Pennsylvania and three in West Virginia.

The private investment in natural gas power plants underway in the Appalachian Basin is remarkable — and it’s all because of Marcellus and Utica shale development.

Here’s a list of the projects, the counties and the status:

ProjectCountyStateStatus
Carroll County EnergyCarroll CountyOHUnder construction
South Field Energy developed by Advanced Power)Columbiana CountyOHPermitted by OPSB
Oregon Clean EnergyLucas CountyOHCompleted
Oregon  Energy Lucas CountyOHApplication filed
Pickaway Energy CenterPickaway CountyOHAnnounced
Middletown Energy CenterButler CountyOHUnder construction
Lordstown Energy CenterTrumbull CountyOHUnder construction
Trumbull Energy CenterTrumbull CountyOHPermitted by OPSB
Guernsey Power StationGuernsey CountyOHPermitted by OPSB
Harrison Power ProjectHarrison CountyOHProposed
Hannibal Port Power ProjectMonroe CountyOHProposed
Renovo Energy CenterClinton CountyPAAir quality permit submitted
Caithness Moxie FreedomLuzerne CountyPAAir quality permit approved
Lackawanna Energy CenterLackawanna CountyPAUnder construction
Archbald Energy PartnersLackawanna CountyPAAir quality permit approved
Westmoreland Generating StationWestmoreland CountyPAApproved April 2015
Fairview Energy CenterCambria CountyPAUnder construction
Robinson Power Co./Beech Hollow EnergyWashington CountyPAAir quality permit approved
Hilltop Energy CenterGreene CountyPAAir quality permit approved
Panda LibertyBradford CountyPAOperational
Panda PatriotLycoming CountyPAOperational
Birdsboro Power PlantBerks CountyPAAir permit approved
Hickory RunLawrence CountyPAUnder construction
Moundsville PowerMarshall CountyWVDelayed
ESC Harrison County Power PlantHarrison CountyWVAwaiting approval
Brooke County PowerBrooke CountyWVAwaiting approval

SOURCE: Energy In Depth

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.